Sunday 24 September 2017

Eddie Jones reveals he plans on walking away from England after the 2019 World Cup

England head coach Eddie Jones (Reuters)
England head coach Eddie Jones (Reuters)

Jack Austin

Eddie Jones has revealed he will leave his role as England head coach after the 2019 World Cup in Japan – regardless of whether he wins it or not.

The Australian, who took over from Stuart Lancaster after England’s disastrous World Cup on home soil last year, is yet to taste defeat with the Red Rose as his side looked untroubled on their way to 13 wins from 13 in 2016.

Among those wins were a first English Grand Slam since 2003 and a series win Down Under where England whitewashed the Wallabies to get revenge for the defeat at Twickenham which ended their World Cup campaign.

After the 13th and final win of the year, a 37-21 win over Australia, Jones insisted that his long-term goal would conclude “2nd of November, 8pm Japan time” – the date of the 2019 World Cup final.

And, 56-year-old Jones admitted that the rigours and demands of the day-to-day job as England head coach means that that date will be his final moment in the role.

“Four years is enough,” Jones told The Times. “It is emotionally draining.”

However, while Jones is happy with the transformation he has seen under his tutelage, he is adamant there is more to come as he aims to knock New Zealand off the top of the World Rugby rankings.

"England should be the most dominant team in Europe. We should think we can beat everyone,” he added.

"I want us to have that attitude: we are dominant, the biggest team in Europe and we play like that. Like the old Manchester United side, the same as the All Blacks - the All Blacks have a couple of points' head-start in games because people expect to be beaten by them.

"I want our team to have that. I think we are getting there."

(© Independent News Service)

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